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Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Western Canada

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The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flights to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Florida

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Western Canada with its enriched winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will be introducing beachgoers from the Vancouver area to new destinations in Florida, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Travellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.

New destinations and more flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a wider choice of destinations to travellers. As of December, Air Transat will become the sole company to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a total of four direct flights a week.  

Europe in winterFrom Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations—such as Faro and Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain—will be readily accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in LondonGlasgow and Manchester in the United Kingdom too, as well as in Paris, France. 

Discovering more destinations with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow British Columbians to explore other regions in Canada as well as South and transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its five direct weekly flights between Vancouver and Toronto and four direct weekly flights between Vancouverand Montreal.

From Vancouver: 20 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Costa Rica
Liberia2 flights a week
San Jose2 flights a week
Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria1 flight a week via Toronto
Holguin1 flight a week via Toronto
Varadero1 flight a week via Toronto
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 flight a week via Toronto
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week and 3 flights a week via Toronto
Florida
Fort Lauderdale2 direct flights a week
Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica1 flight a week via Toronto
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
Paris3 flights a week via Montreal
Portugal
Faro2 flights a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 flights a week via Montreal
Spain
Barcelona1 flight a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid1 flight a week via Montreal (as of December)
Malaga1 flight a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow4 flights a week via Toronto
London5 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester1 flight a week via Toronto

From Vancouver: domestic flights

Canada
Toronto5 direct flights a week
Montreal4 direct flights a week

From Victoria: 2 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week

From Calgary: 2 South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week

From Edmonton: 3 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

From Winnipeg: 4 South destinations

CubaNumber of flights (during peak season)
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

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By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

Watch: Here are the budget airlines in Canada. Story continues below.

Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Air Canada to Launch Daily Non-Stop, Year-Round Calgary-Terrace Service; Increases Capacity on Key Regional Routes

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  • New Terrace route and added capacity supports economic growth in Skeena Valley area
  • Capacity increasing for Vancouver Island, Northern BC, BC Interior, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Winnipegroutes

MONTREAL, July 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced it will launch daily non-stop, year-round flights between Calgary and Terrace beginning Oct. 28, 2019, which will complement the airline’s five times daily flights between Vancouver and Terrace.  Air Canada is also increasing capacity on key regional routes across Western Canada this winter with its flexible fleet including continued deployment of the popular Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.

“We are very pleased to add a new route linking Northern BC with our Calgary hub this fall in response to economic growth in the Skeena Valley area.  The new daily, non-stop flights between Terrace and Calgary will not only offer convenient flight options in response to travel demand between these two respective areas, but also the choice of another hub where easy connections to and from our extensive network are available.  Further, with significant development projects underway in the Terrace-Kitimat area, we are also strategically boosting capacity on our Vancouver-Terrace route this winter with five daily flights. With these new schedule enhancements, Air Canada will offer the most flights and options to travel easily between Terrace-Kitimat and anywhere across North America and internationally,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

“We have also increased capacity this winter in several other regional markets in Western Canada. Following the introduction of more comfortable, fuel efficient and faster Q-400 aircraft earlier this year, we will continue deploying the aircraft this winter to the BC Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island and Northern Alberta communities, providing more seats and optimizing the most connections between our extensive regional and global markets.”

“And finally with Air Canada’s varied and flexible fleet, this fall and winter, we are also pleased to add capacity on our Whitehorse, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg routes with larger Airbus A319/A320 and CRJ-900 aircraft. Customers on these services can take advantage of our Business Class and wi-fi options,” concluded Mark.

“The Airport Society is thrilled to have another route added to our business schedule. Air Canada has been a valued partner in helping us create the true regional airport. We look forward to growing with them in our region,” said Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society President Gary MacCarthy.

Increased services across Western Canada regional markets this fall and winter peak compared to last year include:

RouteFrequencies & Aircraft*Capacity Increase
Calgary-TerraceDaily with Q-400snew
Vancouver-Terrace5 x daily with Q-400s+30%
Vancouver-Prince Rupert2 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-Smithers2 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-Fort St. John4 x daily with Q-400s+20%
Vancouver-Kamloops5 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-Penticton3 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-Comox3 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-SandspitDaily with Q-400s+56%
Vancouver-Saskatoon3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+44%
Vancouver-Regina3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+44%
Vancouver-Whitehorse2 x daily with A319s/A320s offering Business and Economy Class+24%
Calgary-Kamloops2 x daily with Q-400s+56%
Calgary-Winnipeg3 x daily with A319s/CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+40%
Edmonton-Fort McMurray3 x daily with Q-400s+70%
Edmonton-Grande Prairie2 x daily with Q-400s+56%
*Detailed schedules are available at aircanada.com

All flights are scheduled to provide convenient, point-to-point travel, as well as easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Vancouver and Calgary.  Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at main airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada Announces Increased Capacity and Enhanced Services to Atlantic Canada

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  • Toronto-Saint John, NB, Flights to be operated by Air Canada Rouge starting this winter
  • Halifax-Calgary year-round service on Air Canada starting March 1, 2020
  • Toronto-Charlottetown Air Canada Rouge service now year-round
  • Halifax-Gander additional daily flight
  • Moncton, Fredericton-Toronto flights now operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge

MONTREAL, July 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a host of enhancements to Atlantic Canada services starting this winter. Overall capacity will increase by 8% as some routes will transfer to Air Canada Rouge, and other Air Canada Rouge and mainline services will be extended to year-round.

“Leisure travellers and business customers alike will benefit from these service enhancements which clearly demonstrate our commitment to these markets as we increase capacity on numerous routes in Atlantic Canada, which we have been serving year-round since 1942, longer than any other carrier,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “With the introduction of Air Canada Rouge service to Saint John, NB, the extension of Rouge on Charlottetown-Toronto and the expansion of Halifax-Calgary flights to year-round service, Atlantic Canada will enjoy an improved product and convenient connections throughout Air Canada’s extensive North American and global network.”

“Air Canada has been a valued partner for many years,” said Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford. “Their decision to enhance YSJ’s current offering with bigger aircraft will mean more capacity, business-class service and faster flight times to connection banks like Toronto, something our business passengers have come to depend on. We look forward to working together to serve the Saint John community for many years to come.”

“We are very pleased with Air Canada’s announcement today of Air Canada Rouge service in Charlottetown for Winter 2019/2020. These larger Air Canada Rouge jets will offer added capacity on the Charlottetown-Toronto route and is a direct response to demand in the PEI market in the winter time”, said Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. “This will result in more travel options for Islanders and those wishing to visit or do business here. The increased capacity to and from Air Canada’s Toronto hub also means Islanders have more options to connect to Air Canada’s extensive global network.”

Beginning October 27, 2019, twice daily Saint John-Toronto flights will be operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319, replacing the Bombardier Q400s. This represents a 16% increase in available seats, while also offering an upgraded customer experience on the A319 which features Premium Rouge and Economy cabins, as well as streaming in-flight entertainment.

Air Canada operates out of four airports in New Brunswick with roughly 1,600 daily seats available for travellers. Also continuing year-round will be Air Canada Rouge service from Toronto to Moncton (three times a day) and Fredericton(twice a day), also operated by an Airbus A319, representing a 16% capacity increase through the winter season.

Charlottetown-Toronto flights operated by Air Canada Rouge in the summer will become year-round service as of December 16, 2019, with two daily flights operated with an Airbus A319. Air Canada offers nonstop flights from Charlottetown to Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada is also adding a second daily flight between Gander, NL and Halifax during the winter season. Flights between Halifax and Gander will be operated year-round on the Bombardier Q400.

From Halifax, Air Canada mainline will operate year-round non-stop service to Calgary on an Airbus A319 beginning March 1, 2020.

Air Canada also recently inaugurated non-stop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the summer season.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada in the Community

The Air Canada Foundation is active in several charitable organizations throughout Atlantic Canada, helping a variety of organizations.

In New Brunswick, the Foundation assists The Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Saint-John, the Canadian Cancer Society (Saint John), the Atlantic Wellness Community Centre and Moncton Headstart.

Nova Scotia organizations includes the IWK Foundation in Halifax, the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation in Orleans and Dreams Take Flight.

In Prince Edward Island, the Foundation is involved with the heart and stroke Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of P.E.I and The kidney Foundation of Canada.

Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Foundation also assists the Big Brothers and Big Sister as well as The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Eating Disorder Foundation and the Easter Seals.

Flair Airlines announces 2019/2020 winter schedule

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Edmonton, July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Flair Airlines announced its 2019/2020 winter schedule with low fare service out of seven Canadian gateways; Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.  

Jim Scott, Flair’s CEO commented, “As Canada’s only independent low fare airline, our new winter schedule will bring more and more Canadians together right across the country. With over a million passengers flown in the last year, we are quietly building a very loyal group of ‘Flair Flyers’.”

Commencing on October 27th the new winter schedule sees a continuation of Flair’s recently introduced and highly competitive daily non-stop services from Toronto (YYZ) to both Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). At its winter peak, Flair will operate some 146 flights per week utilizing its fleet which includes both Boeing 737-800s and 737-400s.

Flair’s 2019/2020 winter schedule from Oct. 27, 2019 – Mar. 27, 2020 features: 

From EdmontonWeekly DeparturesDays
to Kelowna4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Vancouver10Daily
to Abbotsford5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From Toronto (Pearson)Weekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton7Daily
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Calgary7Daily
   
From CalgaryWeekly DeparturesDays
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Abbotsford7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From VancouverWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton10Daily
to Calgary7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From AbbotsfordWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Calgary7Daily
   
From WinnipegWeekly DeparturesDays
to Calgary4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Toronto (Pearson)4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
   
From KelownaWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri

Note: additional frequencies will be available during the holiday season.

For more on Flair’s 2019/2020 schedule, please visit https://flyflair.com/travel-info/schedule/

Grandmother says airline left her stranded overnight after bird strike forced her to miss flight

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Woman’s flight from Calgary to Toronto collided with bird shortly after takeoff, leading to missed connection

CBC News · Posted: Jun 25, 2019

A WestJet aircraft, like the one pictured in this file photo, was forced to return to the Calgary airport after hitting a bird on June 23. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

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A Halifax grandmother who missed a connecting flight home because her first plane was delayed by a bird strike says she was stranded in Toronto overnight without a credit card and without any compensation for a hotel or transportation from the airline.

Norma Greene, who is diabetic and doesn’t carry a credit card, says her flight home after visiting her son in Calgary left her feeling stranded and helpless.

Greene says she was left to fend for herself overnight with no compensation from  WestJet after the plane flying from Calgary to Toronto collided with a bird shortly after takeoff.

The incident led to a 3½-hour delay in Calgary. She said she was assured by a WestJet agent that someone in Toronto would meet her to give her a new itinerary and arrangements.

But that didn’t happen, and it was too late to board the Halifax flight.

Greene says she wasn’t too worried at first because a handful of passengers getting off an Edmonton plane had also missed the Halifax connection, and she noticed WestJet staff giving them vouchers for taxis and hotels for the evening.

A WestJet aircraft, like the one pictured in this file photo, was forced to return to the Calgary airport after hitting a bird on June 23. (Canadian Press)

“I just kind of took a deep breath and I was shaking and I was sweating. And when I got to the desk, I told the guy I was diabetic and if they could do something to get me situated quickly. And he said, ‘I’m very sorry, there is nothing we can do for you,'” she said. 

Greene was told the Edmonton passengers were delayed because of airplane maintenance, whereas her delay was due to an act of nature, so therefore she was not entitled to vouchers.

Gabor Lukacs, founder of the advocacy group Air Passenger Rights, says the airline is operating within the rules — both as they now exist and under a new set of regulations about to take effect.

Regulations take effect July 15

The Canadian Transportation Agency’s new air passenger protection regulations are set to start coming into force this summer. The regulations will be launched in two phases, with some taking effect on July 15, and others not until Dec. 15

Broadly, flight disruptions — tarmac delays, flight cancellations and denials of boarding — that are within an airline’s control require compensation be paid, standards of treatment be upheld and the passenger’s itinerary be completed.

Flight disruptions within an airline’s control but needed for safety reasons will not require compensation but airlines will have to maintain a standard of treatment and complete a passenger’s itinerary.

Situations outside an airline’s control that cause a flight disruption will only require the airline to ensure the passenger’s itinerary is completed.

“The bird strike is something entirely, entirely out of their control and, unfortunately, unlike in Europe, where you would be entitled to accommodations and meals, in Canada, something like a bird strike or a snowstorm, for example, you are, unfortunately, not entitled to the kind of compensation we are discussing,” Lukacs said.

Canada lagging behind Europe

He said even with the new regulations coming in to effect, Canada’s rules are lax compared with Europe.

“Europe is the gold standard in passenger rights,” he said.

“If this incident had happened in Europe, under the European regulations, she would be entitled not only to financial compensation but to accommodation, ground transportation and meals, because in Europe, even if there is a volcanic eruption, the airline has to at least provide accommodations and meals.”

Greene’s son booked her a Toronto hotel room on his credit card and had a meal delivered to her via Skip the Dishes.

WestJet says the airline’s guest support team is still looking into Greene’s experience.

Calgary, soak up some Dominican sun this winter

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WestJet announces Calgary/Punta Cana starting December

CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – As part of its 2019/2020 winter schedule, today WestJet announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)*. The weekly service will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 767 that includes the airline’s updated Premium and Economy cabin service. Premium is the ideal combination of comfort, value and care including elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring sparkling wine and an amenity case.  

“Get ready for some spectacular beach vibes this winter with WestJet,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With our new route between Calgary and Punta Cana, along with 24 other sun destinations to choose from, WestJet is getting our guests from Alberta to the sun and sand sooner than ever this winter.”

“This nonstop flight to the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana builds on WestJet’s commitment to put Calgary first when it comes to growing travel options. Congratulations from everyone at YYC Calgary International Airport,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority.

In addition, the airline announced a new weekly nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) starting November 5, 2019.

Details on WestJet’s new winter 2019/2020 routes:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary-Punta CanaOne-time 
weekly
11 p.m.8:45 a.m.December 
13, 2019
Punta Cana-CalgaryOne-time 
weekly
10:15 a.m.2:56 p.m.December
14, 2019
Victoria- San Jose
Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)
One-time 
weekly
8 a.m.1:14 p.m.November 5,
2019
San Jose Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)-VictoriaOne-time 
weekly
2:15 p.m.5:55 p.m.November 5,
2019

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 980 weekly departures from Calgary International Airport to more than 60 destinations in the WestJet network including 25 sun destinations. WestJet continues to be the airline that Calgarians choose the most with the most departures, destinations and seats out of YYC.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

WestJet announces Victoria/Cabo San Lucas starting this November

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Victoria, get to the sun sooner this winter

CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – As part of its 2019/2020 winter schedule, today WestJet announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Starting November 5, 2019, WestJet will operate nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) with weekly service that gets guests to the beach by the afternoon of the same day.

In addition, the airline announced a new weekly nonstop between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta CanaInternational Airport (PUJ), Dominican Republic on its Boeing 767 aircraft starting December 13, 2019*. The airline’s widebody 767 will also operate on flights between Toronto and both Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“Get ready for some spectacular beach vibes this winter with WestJet,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With new routes to Punta Cana and Cabo San Lucas, from Calgary and Victoria respectively, WestJet is getting our guests to the sun and sand sooner than ever this winter.”

“We’re excited to welcome service to Cabo San Lucas by WestJet, they are a valued partner,” said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO. “We know our community enjoys travelling to sun spot destinations during the winter months and the convenience of non-stop service allows them to get to their destination sooner to start enjoying their vacations.”  

Details on WestJet’s new winter 2019/2020 routes:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Victoria-San JoseDel Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)One-timeweekly8 a.m.1:14 p.m.November 5,2019
San Jose Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)-VictoriaOne-timeweekly2:15 p.m.5:55 p.m.November 5,2019
Calgary-Punta CanaOne-timeweekly11 p.m.8:45 a.m.December13, 2019
Punta Cana-CalgaryOne-timeweekly10:15 a.m.2:56 p.m.December14, 2019

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 90 weekly departures from Victoria International Airport to seven destinations in the WestJet network including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

WestJet Link welcomes over 195,000 guests in its first year of service

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Airline continues to provide more choice and connectivity to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George regions

CALGARY, June 20, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet’s newest air service, WestJet Link is celebrating carrying more than 195,000 guests in its first year of operation between Calgary and five cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

WestJet Link (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Link (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Since its inception last June, WestJet Link has operated over 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. Guests from these areas have benefitted from more choice, lower fares and better connectivity through the service.

WestJet Link in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Link in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“WestJet Link is working the way it was designed to give guests convenient access to the WestJet network along with a caring experience from start to finish,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “We’re thrilled to celebrate its successful first year of service and thank our loyal guests in these communities for choosing WestJet Link to take them to Calgary or beyond. We look forward to operating many more flights together alongside our partners at Pacific Coastal.”

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

“We are proud to operate these connecting flights under our Capacity Purchase Agreement with WestJet and are excited to be celebrating the first anniversary,” said Quentin Smith, President of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

“Congratulations to WestJet Link and Pacific Coastal Airlines on a very successful first year of connecting more guests through YYC to their destination,” said Michael Hayward, Vice President, Marketing and Guest Experience, The Calgary Airport Authority. “The frequency and comfort of the flights builds on the successful strategic relationship between WestJet and our airport.”

WestJet continues to offer more flights than any other airline to more destinations from Calgary with an average of 975 flights per week to 67 non-stop destinations.

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“We are delighted that WestJet Link has been a success and continues to grow in our community,” said LethbridgeMayor, Chris Spearman. “Air passenger traffic has increased by 80 per cent in the last 12 months and this is due in large part to the addition of services from WestJet Link. The Lethbridge Airport is an important economic driver for our region and we welcome the additional travel options our residents now have and appreciate WestJet as a key partner in the future success of our airport.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate with WestJet on their first anniversary in Medicine Hat,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of the City of Medicine Hat. “The airline has provided numerous opportunities for our residents and the business community. WestJet has been a fantastic addition to our community. We are looking forward to many more years of service.”

“We are delighted with the service that WestJet Link has brought to our airport and region, and the exciting connections that our passengers can now make through WestJet’s Calgary hub,” said John Gibson, President and CEO of Prince George Airport.

“Since WestJet began serving the Kootenay Rockies Region at YXC one year ago, we’ve seen rapid acceleration toward our growth goals in tourism, business and economic development in general,” said Canadian Rockies International Airport Manager, Tristen Chernove. “It’s been terrific to see how well utilized the service has been right from the start and we are very excited to see what the future brings as WestJet and the Kootenay Rockies reach toward their potential.”

Pacific Coastal Airlines
A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

About WestJet
Together with WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers’ favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers’ favorite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)
2018 North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)
2018/2017/2016 Canada’s Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)

WestJet unveils refreshed on-board experience as part of Dreamliner launches

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Enhanced service offerings and products highlight WestJet’s Canadian roots across the airlines’ Business, Premium and Economy cabins

CALGARY, June 13, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the successful launch of WestJet’s Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin, guests travelling across WestJet’s global network can now experience the airline’s elevated amenities and on-board experience. 

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Tailored to showcase WestJet’s authentic Canadian story, enhanced service offerings and products are featured across WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 767 and 737 transatlantic service. Guests can expect to see updates continue to roll across the WestJet fleet throughout 2019 and 2020.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Our guests are going to love our uniquely Canadian products and we are proud to showcase our like-minded partners who share our passion for thoughtful, quality products created in Canada,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, WestJet’s Vice-President, Guest Experience. “WestJet continues our global transformation and these elevated products and services complement the award-winning onboard experience we are known for.”

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones
For the first time in Canadian music history, guests will hear a soundtrack of soulful music onboard an aircraft from Canadian Juno award-winning recording artist Sean Jones. During boarding guests are treated to original music and classic covers of iconic Canadian artists – like The Band, Sarah McLachlan and The Guess Who – that Jones drew inspiration from for his album. The album is available for download and the story behind The Boarding Sessions is available to watch onboard WestJet’s Dreamliners.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary
Business cabin guests departing on European-bound transatlantic flights will receive tan-coloured amenity kits, designed by Montreal’s Matt & Nat, while guests departing to Canada receive navy-coloured kits. These beautiful kits feature organic skincare products from Toronto’s Province Apothecary that use only the highest quality ingredients sourced from provinces across Canada.

Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities
Guests flying on select flights in WestJet’s Premium cabin receive Rocky Mountain Soap Company kits that feature handmade products with simple, natural ingredients for healthy and beautiful skin. Rocky Mountain Soap Company lavatory products including foaming hand wash, hand cream and refreshing wellness sprays are also available throughout most of the airline’s Premium and Economy cabins.  

To see detailed inspiration behind the products, click here.

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“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with Boarding Sessions and grateful to WestJet for bringing this music to life,” said Sean Jones. “Working on this project has been one of the highlights of my career and I’m excited to have built a playlist of my music that will be heard by people not just in Canada but across WestJet’s global network.”

“As a fellow Alberta-based company, we’re excited to be part of the new in-flight experience on the Dreamliner and the improved experience on other select WestJet Flights,” said Karina Birch, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, co-owner and CEO. “Influenced by the nature that surrounds us, we’re unwavering in our commitment to using only simple natural ingredients and to working with local partners.  We’re thrilled WestJet travellers can now take nature with them wherever they go.”

“We are so excited to be a part of the WestJet onboard experience by sharing our exclusive vegan and cruelty-free amenity kits with their guests,” said Manny Kohli, President and CEO of Matt & Nat. “Partnering with a fellow Canadian brand is an honour for us and a wonderful opportunity for travellers to discover our recycled vegan line of goods.”

“We are beyond excited to be bringing holistic skincare and wellness to WestJet’s onboard experience,” said Julie Clark, CEO and Founder of Province Apothecary. “As a Canadian brand focused on sustainable and high-quality products, it is an honour to be sharing this partnership with like-minded Canadian brand, Matt & Nat, and to be sharing our values with WestJet guests near and far.”